Grandiose yet fragile: Virtual conference about narcissistic personality disorder

How people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are experienced by others permeates the current cultural discourse about the disorder – overlooking the personal struggles with self-esteem and connecting with others that lie behind such symptoms.

It is theorized that the behavior of people with NPD seeks to hide and protect a grandiose yet fragile sense of self, where the underlying state is characterized by insecurity, shame, hopelessness, and inferiority.

Such underlying mechanisms provide a better clinical utility when approaching therapeutical questions with this patient group.

Narcissistic traits are often expressed in behavior that may create uncertainty in therapists and may disrupt the therapeutic alliance.

Identified challenges in the therapeutic relationship associated with NPD include devaluating attitudes towards the therapeutic project, fear of dependence, and dismissiveness related to the importance of and attachment to the therapist.

While narcissistic personality disorder relates to a substantial amount of subjective suffering and loss of function. This is not reflected in existing therapeutic research, and no evidence-based specific treatment is available for this patient group.

An updated framework about NPD can help prevent repeated failed treatment attempts and a sense of powerlessness in mental health personnel and patients alike.

The Norwegian National Advisory Unit for Personality Psychiatry welcomes you to join us to look beneath the surface of people suffering from narcissistic personality pathology.


  • How to identify, understand and treat narcissistic psychopathology v/ Elsa Ronningstam
  • Good Psychiatric Management for narcissistic personality disorder v/ Lois Choi-Kain
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy adapted to narcissistic personality disorder v/ Anthony Bateman
  • Alliance, transference, and countertransference v/ Jane Fjermestad-Noll
  • Overt and covert narcissism v/ Jan Ole Røvik
  • Interview by Åse-Line Baltzersen – Living with narcissistic personality disorder 

We hope that a look behind the symptoms can communicate to patients and mental health professionals that there is hope for improvement for a group commonly regarded as hard to treat.

Target audience: 

This seminar is for health professionals who want to improve their expertise and gain increased efficacy in dealing with issues raised by narcissistic personality disorder and pathological narcissism in therapy.

You are also welcome to register if you are interested in this topic.

Date: 9. December

Time: 9 am - 3.30 pm (Oslo)

30 days recording:

All participants will get 30-day access to recordings from the conference. 

Price: NOK 1.900,- (Approximately 190 USD)

Student: NOK 500,- (Approximately 50 USD)

For a student discount, send us a copy of your student ID to

Payment with debit or credit card. 

Organized by The National Advisory Unit for Personality Psychiatry

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